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Jamaica Osorio awarded Ford Foundation Fellowship

Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio was honored with the 2017 Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, which will support the final year of her dissertation writing and defense. Osorio, a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa PhD candidate in English, is 1 of only 38 individuals to receive the fellowship among the national competitors. Osorio’s dissertation is titled Aikāne, A Kanaka Maoli Moʻolelo Beyond Queer …

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Microbiology undergraduates supported with UROP awards

Seven University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa students in the Prisic lab are recipients of Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) awards. Jaymes Lonzanida, Jae Yun Lee, Brennen Yasuda, Sasha Canovali, Anna Scheiner, Janey Guo and Mattia Walter received support for their work with Sladjana Prisic, a Department of Microbiology assistant professor. “My research experience in Dr. Prisic’s lab was overall very rewarding,” …

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Reef fish sustainability off West Hawaiʻi Island

Jennifer Wong-Ala, a 2017 spring graduate from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Global Environmental Science (GES) degree program, conducted original research to determine how biological and physical factors affect the number of fish surviving to sustain populations of reef fish off West Hawaiʻi Island. Adult reef fish, like yellow tang, release eggs strategically—in places where the eggs can be …

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Growing Hawaiʻi’s next generation of astronomers

Hawaiʻi’s leading academic institutions formalized an educational partnership designed to bring Hawaiʻi’s high schoolers into one of the world’s most advanced observatory communities. The Maunakea Scholars program helps aspiring astronomers envision their potential of pursuing a career in STEM-related fields. It is the first program of its kind internationally to allocate observing time at major observatories for the direct educational …

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Education graduate receives Master’s Project Award

Sokunthearith “T” Makara, recent graduate of the College of Education (COE) Department of Learning Design and Technology (LTEC), is the 2017 Burniske Outstanding Master’s Project Award winner.  The award is given annually to an LTEC master’s student whose graduate work best exemplifies what beloved Associate Professor Buddy Burniske valued in his students’ work:  innovation, high quality research and writing, and …

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Law school’s Patsy Mink Fellow to work in congressional office

Stacey Gray, who spent seven years as an environmental scientist and another two and a half as a marine fisheries biologist before entering law school, has been named the 2017 Patsy Mink Fellow by the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s William S. Richardson School of Law. Gray will spend the summer working in the office of Hawaiʻi Representative Colleen Hanabusa …

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Mānoa Undergraduate Showcase highlights research and creative work

The Undergraduate Showcase of Research and Creative Work, which highlights the research and creative work of University of Hawaiʻ at Maānoa undergraduates across campus, was held on May 5. Sponsored by the Honors Program and the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, the showcase featured more than 75 presentations and posters by 100 undergraduate students. Attendees commented on the potential, diversity and …

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UH Mānoa student Cheyenne Siverly named 2017 Udall Scholar

Cheyenne Siverly, a junior at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, has been selected as one of 50 students nationwide to be a Udall Scholar. The scholarships support students of Native American and Native Alaskan descent who are studying for careers in environment, native healthcare or tribal public policy. Siverly is the first UH Mānoa student to receive the Udall …

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Stellar Mānoa undergraduate research and creative projects showcase

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa undergraduate students from all fields of study will present their faculty-supervised research project or creative work at the Undergraduate Showcase on May 5. This free event will feature 76 presentations and posters by 105 undergraduate students in the disciplines of arts and humanities, engineering and computer sciences, natural sciences and social sciences. The morning begins …

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Four doctoral candidates win prestigious dissertation fellowships

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa doctoral candidates Natalie Nimmer, Egle Ortega, Nipuni Sirimalwatta and Qiong Wu, were awarded the Founder Region Dissertation Fellowship from Soroptimist International for the 2017–2018 academic year. These diverse recipients stood out from more than 30 semifinalists for the potential of their dissertation research to benefit society at large. They will be flown to the annual Founder …

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